Enid Lake - 4/15/2014
Water level 245.46 ft, rising 0.4 ft/day; 0.4 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)563-4571 or check at http://18.104.22.168/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm for a graph. The lake should rise from 235 ft March 1 to summer pool (250 ft) by May 1.
A rainy front will cool, raise, and muddy the water early this week; the severe cold front will back fish off until warmer weather later this week. Best luck this past weekend was for spawning crappie fishing bright colored jigs and/or minnows in creeks, ditches, and flooded dead vegetation 1 - 3 ft deep in the upper end of the lake, although similar areas in the backs of creeks and coves in other parts of the lake were also good. Jigs with minnows or straight minnows have done best under cold front conditions. Fresh water coming in has some catfish biting in the river, creeks, and shallows. For white bass, cast jigs or small crankbaits over a sand bottom in the river and creeks out of the main current (pockets, back side of sand bars, etc.). Best luck on largemouths has been fishing white and/or chartreuse spinnerbaits around planted brush piles or flooded grass flats where the water is clearer. It’s a good time to be bowfishing for carp in the shallows.
Historically, crappie spawning runs from about the last week of March until the first week of May, peaking the second week in April. It varies year to year with temperatures, rainfall, water levels, etc. If the water’s rising, crappie will spawn shallow (1 – 2 ft); if it’s falling, they’ll spawn deeper (3 to 5 ft). Note water level trends before you set your bobber.
The spillway had 1 gate open 0.25 ft (50 cfs) Tuesday. Most fish being caught down here are crappie with jigs and/or minnows on the rocks, white bass on jigs or small crankbaits in the faster water, or catfish on natural baits.
Contact the COE office (662)563-4571 for accessible ramps at current water levels.
The daily limit for black bass (largemouth and spotted) is 7 fish, any size.
The daily creel limit for crappie on Enid Lake is 20 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers fishing Enid Lake may use no more than 5 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. There is a 50 crappie per boat limit for boats with 3 or more anglers. The 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 20 crappie creel limit.